E-Lines: June 14, 2019
June 14, 2019
Welcome New Hire Class 1922!
MEC Communications Committee
On Thursday, June 13, 2019 we welcomed the 80 graduating Members of class 1922 to the line. Our newest flying partners will be reporting to their respective bases at SFO and IAD on June 21, 2019 for orientation and will be available to fly on June 23, 2019. Please join us in welcoming the newest Members of our Flight Attendant community.
Absence Certificate Required for Absences July 1 – July 7
As provided for in Section 13.C.4. of the JCBA,
management has advised AFA that an Absence Certificate will be required for all sick calls that begin during the period starting July 1, 2019 – July 7, 2019. This requirement will also apply in those instances where sick leave is used to care for a
spouse or minor child as set forth in Section 13.D.7.
Flight Attendants who place themselves on sick leave during the period starting July 1, 2019 – July 7, 2019 will be required under the terms of our JCBA to supply United Medical with an Absence Certificate (Section 13.C.4.). Flight Attendants using approved FMLA during these specified holiday dates are also required to provide the Absence Certificate for any sick leave during this same period. There is only one exception to this rule. Flight Attendants who have had no absences during the prior twelve (12) calendar months are not subject to the Absence Certificate requirement that applies during the holiday period.
IMPORTANT!– Absence Certificates are different from Physician’s Notes used for attendance point reductions. Because Absence Certificates include medical information to which supervisors should not be privy, the Absence Certificate should only be provided to United Medical. Print out the Absence Certificate form (from Flying Together) and bring a copy with you to your physician's appointment.
As a reminder, July 1 & 4 are paid holidays for Flight Attendants in HKG and all U.S. domiciles, respectively.
Transfer Awards- Accept or Decline
Recently, the company has awarded 144 Flight
Attendant transfers to BOS, CLE, DEN, EWR, GUM, IAD and SFO. Flight Attendants are reminded, under the provisions of Section 17 of our JCBA, once awarded a transfer you must either accept or decline such transfer within seven (7) days of the award date. Keep in mind, a non-response (failure to respond) will be considered to be the same as declining the transfer.
Note: When a Flight Attendant declines an awarded transfer, she/he will be inhibited from any further transfers for a period of three (3) months. There are incidents where Flight Attendants not intending to transfer, are placing themselves on a transfer request out of curiosity to see where they fall on the list and subsequently forgetting to withdraw the transfer request. A consequence of this is being awarded a transfer, declining it and being restricted from transfer for a period of three months.
If a Flight Attendant accepts a transfer award, she/he will be restricted from transferring for a period of six (6) months.
Flight Attendants are also reminded that the Satellite Bases transfer bid period will close on Monday, June 24 at 0800 CST.
Lineholder Pick-up OOB from Reserve Defect and Pay Claim Enhancement
Defect and Workaround Solution for Lineholder Picking Up Out of Base from Reserve
AFA and the company have identified a defect that occurs when a Reserve Flight Attendant has advertised a pairing that has either been assigned by Crew Scheduling or picked up on their days off, and an Out of Base Lineholder Flight Attendant attempts to pick it up. Currently, CCS does not recognize this type of trade and the Flight Attendant will receive the error “319 Base Mismatch”. As long as the trade meets all other Out of Base trade rules, as provided in Section 7.J. of the JCBA, it should not be rejected.
Until this defect is fixed, a workaround solution has been developed to allow these types of trades to be processed. Should you receive this type of error message when attempting this type of trade, please contact Crew Scheduling directly at 1-800-FLT-LINE, option 1, option 2. They will update your schedule so that you can resubmit the trade and allow it to be processed.
**Remember, all other trade rules and legalities still apply**
New Pay Claim Enhancement on Pay Register
The company has announced we will have the ability to view details about paid pay claims on the Pay Register. This enhancement will be viewable on June 10, 2019 at 2200 CT. Any pay claims that were paid prior to June 1, 2019 will not be displayed. Only those pay claims that were paid after June 1, 2019 and thereafter will be viewable.
The Pay Claim feature is found on the Pay Register, within the box titled “Total Month’s Pay”
The complete article with illustrations is found in the One United section on Flying Together.
UBid- Bid Packet Sorting & Bidding Program
Recognizing there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to how Flight Attendants prefer lines of flying to be sorted, and recognizing that many Flight Attendants enjoy the option to electronically sort pairings and lines of flying, AFA has advocated for and worked with the company in creating UBid.
Beginning June 12 0800 Home Domicile Time, UBid will be available to Flight Attendants in all bases for the July 2019 bid period.
To access the UBid screen from the CCS home page, select the BIDDING tab menu and then select UBid. A comprehensive UBid user guide is accessible on the UBid screen.
The recent UBid article on Flying Together has additional information, including contact information for Flight Attendants to be able to provide feedback, suggestions and questions.
United AFA LEC 101 Training
Last week, the Officers of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) conducted LEC 101 training for the newly elected Union leaders. In attendance were participants from Local Councils around the system including SFO, IAH, ORD, DEN, CLE, HKG and GUM. The LEC Officers along with Grievance and Safety Committee Members of the MEC reviewed the resources available to the newly elected officers to tackle the challenges of their new positions and to represent the Membership effectively. We congratulate our newest leaders who stepped forward to do this important work.
Father’s Day Wishes
This Sunday, June 16th is Father’s Day. It’s a day we honor the Fathers, Grandfathers and Father-figures in our lives in recognition of their love, support, commitment and contributions.
For those of us who are fortunate to share the day with our Fathers or that important Father -figure in our life, it’s the spending of time together that is the most meaningful.
For those of us who may have lost our Father, this can be a difficult time because the loss can feel amplified by all the events taking place honoring Fathers. In these circumstances, we can still honor our Fathers through sharing memories with friends and loved ones and through recognizing how our Fathers have shaped who we have become. This is how our late loved ones can live on through us.
Whether you are spending this Father’s Day with loved ones or if you are flying and making it possible for others to be with family, we hope this day will hold fond memories for you. On behalf of the United Master Executive Council, we express our best wishes to Fathers everywhere. Happy Father’s Day.
Support United Flight Attendants via The CAUSE Foundation® using AmazonSmile
The CAUSE Foundation® is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization founded in 1994. They are funded solely by your generous contributions via donations received via their website or United Airlines automatic payroll deductions. Funds donated are distributed through an application process to all United Airlines Flight Attendants who are unable to work due to injury, illness or disability. These grants are intended as a short-term bridge until other financial arrangements are in place and cover only basic living expenses.
Reminders & Quick Links
June 14 New Hire Class 1922 Graduates from Inflight Training
June 14-16 Pass Rider updates frozen for software upgrade
June 16 Father’s Day
June 20 AFL-CIO 2019 Pride @Work Convention
June 24 Transfer Bids to Satellite Bases Close 0800 CT
July 1-7 Absence Certificate Required for Absences July 1 – July 7
July 1 Handover Day - Hong Kong (Contractual Paid Holiday)
July 4 Independence Day- USA (Contractual Paid Holiday)